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    North American Walleye Anglers
                           NAWA Pro Jim Bell Leads All-Star
                             Fishing Field After Day Two of
                           Kawasaki/Minn Kota "High Plains

                         Action Continues Tomorrow with "High Plains
                         Quest" Finals, "Team Challenge" and NAWA Kids
                         Fishing Contest 

                         by NAWA Staff 

                         Friday, August 13,1999 - Garrison, ND .... After two days of intense
                         angling competition, veteran NAWA Pro Jim Bell leads an all-star field
                         going into the final day of the Kawasaki/Minn Kota "High Plains Quest",
                         a world-class fishing event held here at Garrison's Fort Stevenson State

                         Bell, who captured the first ever NAWA tournament and has finished in
                         the money in the majority of the NAWA events, will be the first angler
                         to depart the dock for tomorrow's final showdown, where the top 15
                         finishers out of the original field will fish-off for the event's top prize. His
                         strategy of trolling Reef Runner Ripsticks among large schools of smelt
                         is paying off big with his second consecutive catch of quality walleyes
                         for a two-day total of 46.36 pounds. Bell's Day Two basket of
                         walleyes weighing 22.53 lbs combined with yesterday's catch, earned
                         him the pole position in tomorrow's competition. 

                         "More anglers are beginning to discover this fishing hole," Bell said
                         during the Day Two press conference. "To duplicate today's effort, I
                         figure I need at least one good pass tomorrow before it gets too

                         Unlike many of the anglers, Bell began the event fishing some 40 miles
                         from the launch site at Fort Stevenson State Park. This is only allowing
                         him some three and one-half hours of fishing time each day. 

                         "I'm make some slight modifications to my lures, which is triggering the
                         big-fish bite," he revealed. "I know there are some guys catching good
                         walleyes by live-bait rigging, however, I'm still convinced that trolling is
                         the answer to winning this event." 

                         In second place going into Saturday's final day is Amery, WI, pro Todd
                         Riley, another veteran who is capable of winning the event. Riley, with a
                         two-day catch of 42.63 lbs, is using a similar approach but not traveling
                         nearly as far to find fish. 

                         "I got burned by live-bait rigging the last time we came here, " said
                         Riley. "I wasn't going to make that mistake again, so I've fine-tuned my
                         trolling techniques and went after the big fish." 

                         In third place is 1996 Lake Sakakawea NAWA Champion Ken
                         Seffron of Omaha, NE. Seffron a dedicated live-bait fisherman,
                         weighed two consecutive catches of more than 20 lbs. His day two
                         catch of 20.14 lbs, combined with his first-day limit brought a two day
                         total of 40.16 pounds. 

                         In general, the most productive patterns are live-bait rigging. However,
                         many anglers continue to rely on trolling techniques. The live-bait
                         anglers seem to be catching the greater numbers of fish, while trollers
                         reap fewer but larger walleyes. 

                         The remaining contestants start from scratch on Day Three, the final
                         round of this high-stakes shootout held at Garrison's Fort Stevenson
                         State Park. 

                         Pro anglers surviving the cut include:
                         1. Jim Bell, Blaine, MN -- 46.36 lbs.
                         2. Todd Riley, Amery, WI -- 42.63 lbs
                         3. Ken Seffron, Omaha, NE -- 40.16 lbs.
                         4. Norb Wallock, Conover, WI -- 37.97 lbs.
                         5. Dan Stier, Pierre, SD -- 37.73 lbs.
                         6. Doug Hermanson, Mandan, ND -- 37.61 lbs.
                         7. Pat Foster, Little Canada, MN -- 37.50 lbs.
                         8. David Kraft, Bismarck, ND -- 36.38 lbs.
                         9. Jim Peterson, Elk River, MN. -- 34.73 lbs.
                         10. Earnie Brown, Warners, NY -- 33.63 lbs.
                         11. Lorrie Schaefer, Minot, ND -- 33.18 lbs.
                         12. Irvin Kraus, Powell, WY -- 33.03 lbs
                         13. Mike Pehiso, Bismarck, ND -- 32.20 lbs
                         14. Sheldon Meidinger, Bismarch, ND -- 31.57 lbs
                         15. Gil Mollet, Jefferson, ND -- 31.04 lbs 

                         Amateur anglers competing in tomorrows competition include:
                         1. Troy Child, Dillon, MT -- 42.86 lbs.
                         2. Shawn Schaff, Dickinson, ND -- 40.58 lbs.
                         3. Erwin Marson, Brandon, SD -- 39.80 lbs
                         4. Roger Schumann, Glenburn, ND -- 38.82 lbs.
                         5. Greg Schoneck, Minot, ND -- 37.23 lbs.
                         6. Ken Olson, Roseville, MN -- 36.74 lbs
                         7. Gene LaMere, Amery, WI -- 35.12 lbs
                         8. Dave Noble, Loveland, CO -- 32.89 lbs
                         9. Edwin Parks, Jr., Webberville, MI -- 32.83 lbs
                         10. Chuck Dube, Brooklyn Park, MN -- 31.88 lbs.
                         11. George Heiser, Finley, ND -- 31.68 lbs
                         12. Tom Krabbenhoff, Kindred, ND -- 30.59 lbs
                         13. Frank Christenson, Blomkest, Mn -- 30.44 lbs.
                         14. Al Olson, Britt, IA -- 30.00 lbs.
                         15. Dan Galbincea III, Cortland, OH -- 29.33 lbs. 

                         East Syracuse, NY pro John Weston and his amateur partner Dana
                         Delp of Lansing, MI, captured the $500 Day Two "LaCrosse Lunker"
                         Award for their 9.46 lb walleye. 

                         The top Pro prize, valued at nearly $30,000 includes a new Lund 1800
                         Pro-V Tournament Series boat, 150 horsepower XR6 Mercury motor
                         and trailer. Amateur anglers will be fishing for a top prize of a new Lund
                         1700 Angler SS boat, 90 horsepower Mercury motor and trailer valued
                         at $14,000. 

                         The competition resume at 7 a.m. tomorrow at Fort Stevenson State
                         Park. Weigh-in activities get underway at 3:00 p.m. 

                         The 15 professional and amateur contestants qualifying for Saturday's
                         Day Three finals will depart the launch site just minutes ahead of those
                         participating in the Kawasaki/Minn Kota "Team Challenge", a two-day
                         team competition that begins Saturday, also at Garrison's Fort
                         Stevenson State Park.

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